Meth seizure

SEIZED —The above items were seized in Haywood County as part of a joint drug operation.

It isn’t uncommon for local law enforcement to confiscate small amounts of drugs during arrests, but one methamphetamine bust this year proved to be bigger than the rest.

The investigation, which was led by the SBI but featured heavy support from the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office, ended up netting 3.5 kilograms of methamphetamine and one kilogram of cocaine.

According to a press release sent out by the SBI, 26 people were arrested after a seven-month investigation that also involved the the Drug Enforcement Agency, Asheville Police Department, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office and the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office.

Although the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office wouldn’t offer too many details on the investigation, Sheriff Greg Christopher, in an email, did offer praise for all agencies involved.

“Law enforcement agencies across western North Carolina worked together to assist in this effort and as a result, a large quantity of meth and cocaine as well as guns were removed from Haywood County and 26 people who had intentions of distributing these drugs to our citizens were stopped from doing so,” he said in the email.

“We are grateful for the partnerships we have built as we work closely with these other law enforcement agencies,” he continued. “Teamwork throughout this operation was critical to its success. We are proud of the excellent work of our deputies who were directly involved in this operation and thankful for their safety.”

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